December 7, 2023 3:11 am

Northern Michigan University’s sophomore, Madi Szymanski, made her mark in the college women’s cross country meet held in Missouri. Representing NMU at the NCAA Division II Championships, she finished 65th out of over 260 runners in a field. Szymanski completed the six-kilometer course in an impressive time of 21 minutes and 6.2 seconds.

Throughout the race, Szymanski showcased her determination and athleticism, moving up in the field from 91st at the 1K mark to 73rd at the 5K mark. Her impressive performance was not limited to this meet alone; she had an outstanding season that earned her All-GLIAC honors and All-Region recognition.

Szymanski’s personal record time for a 6K improved three times throughout the season, with a time of 20:55.83 at the regionals being her best finish. NMU cross country coach Jenny Ryan praised Szymanski for her incredible season and hard work, stating that she is an asset to the team and will continue to excel in the future.

Grand Valley State took home the team title for the seventh time in program history, with all of their top five runners finishing inside the first 30. Despite not taking home the team title, NMU’s Szymanski and other athletes showcased their talent and hard work on the course.

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